The Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday morning not to stop Pennsylvania's controversial new from going into effect.
will not grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID.
Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms, according to the Associated Press.
The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.
Pennsylvania passed a law in March requiring all registered voters to show a before voting. This is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation.
Opponents of the law say it disproportionately targets the elderly as well as the poor and minorities, who typically vote Democratic. Furthermore, critics say that the burden of obtaining an acceptable ID for these people would keep them from voting. They add that preventing (the purpose of the law as stated by Republicans) is not a serious concern.
Thirty states have some sort of Voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, of those, 19 do not require a photo, six require a photo and five, including Pennsylvania, have strict photo requirements.
The ACLU's Witold J. Walczak told The Washington Post that the case isn't over.
“It’s why they make appeals courts,” said Walczak.